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Episode 280.2 – 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Part 2

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It’s Day 2 of the LA Film Fest and we Podcast on:


My Love, Don’t Cross That River

(2014 , 86 min.)

Directed by: Mo-Young Jin
Screenwriter: Mo-Young Jin
Producers: Kyungsoo Han
Cast: Byong-man Jo, Gye-Yeul Kang

Known in Korea as “the 100-year-old lovebirds,” 89-year-old Kang Kye-Yeol and 98-year-old Cho Byeong-man have been married for 76 years. Living in a rural, sleepy corner of the Gangwon province like characters from a fairy tale, they wear matching traditional Korean garments, play fight in the snow and hold hands while sleeping. Shot over 15 months by veteran documentary filmmaker Jin Mo-Young, the film chronicles the couple’s last days together as they sense their love and lives drawing to a close, providing a rare glimpse into an intimate marriage that has more than endured the test of time. This remarkable film broke Korean box office records, becoming the biggest Korean indie film of all time.


Las Malas Lenguas (Sweet and Vicious)

(2014 , 88 min. )

Directed by: Juan Paulo Laserna
Screenwriter: Juan Paulo Laserna, Juan Camilo Brigard
Producers: Juan Paulo Laserna
Cinematographer: Oscar Robles
Editor: Jared Simon
Music: Juan Manuel Vasquez, Santiago Amezquita
Cast:  Sara Montoya, Pedro Mejia, Matilde de los Milagros Londoño, Felix Antequera, Maryuri Sanchez

Manuela is the daughter of wealthy parents, their family a part of the Colombian elite. She appears to have every advantage in life but she’s completely unhappy and living a multitude of lies. She yearns to escape the patriarchal city but when she discovers she’s pregnant, her life and dreams begin to unravel. Can she regain control or is her life out of her hands?

Director Juan Paulo Laserna’s feature debut tells an understated cautionary tale pitched in an almost heightened reality with a notably stylized cinematic language.  Lead actress Sara Montoya delivers a breakout performance in a multilayered story rife with sharp and penetrating observations of the complicated world of the Colombian elite.


The Girl in the Book

(2014 , 88 min. )

Directed by: Marya Cohn
Screenwriter: Marya Cohn
Producers: Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller
Cinematographer: Trevor Forrest
Editor: Jessica Brunetto
Music: Fall on Your Sword, Will Bates
Cast: Emily Van Camp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Cristofer, Talia Balsam, Ana Mulvoy-Ten

29-year-old assistant editor and aspiring writer Alice Harvey is funny, smart and emotionally self-destructive. Climbing the ranks at a notable publishing company, she struggles to write her own story, forever stymied by memories of her youthful relationship with her dad’s best friend, Milan.
After 15 years Milan and Alice’s paths cross once again, forcing them to confront events that have long gone unaddressed. Artfully intertwining scenes from Alice’s budding teen years and her unsettled adult life, Marya Cohn’s assured directorial debut explores the residual effects that past actions have on present realities in the story of a young woman seeking to reclaim her body, her voice and ultimately her power.


The Diary of a Teenage Girl

(2015 , 101 min. )

Directed by: Marielle Heller
Screenwriter: Marielle Heller
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit
Cinematographer: Brandon Trost
Editor: Marie-Helene Dozo, Koen Timmerman
Music: Nate Heller
Cast:  Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Set in 1976 San Francisco, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. News commentary of the Patty Hearst trial echoes in the background, as Minnie’s young expressive eyes soak in a drug-laden city in transition— where teenage rebellion and adult responsibility clash in characters lost and longing. Minnie’s hard-partying mother and absent father have left her rudderless. She first finds solace in Monroe’s seductive smile, and then on the backstreets of the city by the bay. Animation serves a refuge from the confusing and unstable world around her. Minnie emerges defiant — taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary.


Flock of Dudes

(2015 , 104 min. )

Directed by: Bob Castrone
Screenwriter: Bob Castrone, Jason Zumwalt, Brian Levin
Producers: Mark Manuel, Aaron Kaufman, Ted O’Neal, Brian Levin
Cinematographer: Yaron Levy
Editor: Lawrence Jordan
Music: Jonathan Zalben
Cast: Chris D’Elia, Hannah Simone, Bryan Greenberg, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, Skylar Astin

Adam and his friends have the perfect set up:all night house parties, elaborate drinking games, and random hook-ups. The problem is, Adam and his friends are in their thirties. After yet another round of shenanigans, including getting evicted and discovering his ex-girlfriend is now dating a hot actor, Adam decides he needs to break up with his friends if he wants to grow up as a man.
Director Bob Castrone’s debut boasts an ensemble cast with impeccable comedic flow and the genuine rapport necessary for a story about co-dependent friends. One man’s journey to transcend his juvenile ways turns out to be as ridiculous and fun as expected, especially when it’s balanced with welcome moments of romance and reflection.


The Overnight

(2015 , 80 min. )

Directed by: Patrick Brice
Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott
Cinematographer: John Guleserian
Editor: Christopher Donlon
Music: Julian Wass
Cast:  Adam Scott, Judith Godrèche, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling

Alex, Emily, and their son RJ have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside and are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with an eccentric yet friendly father at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets late and the kids go to bed, the family “play date” becomes increasingly more revealing and unorthodox as the couples begin to open up. With exhilarating openness and gut-busting humor, writer/director Patrick Brice delves into the sexual frustration and insecurity that many married couples face. Showcasing a memorable ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, and Taylor Schilling, The Overnight tells a complex story of overcoming self-doubt and connecting with our deepest desires.

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